House Dems demand rationale for adding citizenship question to 2020 census

House Dems demand rationale for adding citizenship question to 2020 census
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Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are demanding documents from Trump administration officials detailing their rationale for adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.

In a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossDemocrats inch closer to issuing subpoenas for Interior, EPA records Overnight Energy: Dems subpoena Perry in impeachment inquiry | EPA to overhaul rules on lead contamination tests | Commerce staff wrote statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump Commerce staff drafted statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump's hurricane predictions MORE and Acting Director of the Census Bureau Ron Jarmin on Wednesday, ranking member Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCracks emerge in White House strategy as witness testifies Overnight Defense: Pentagon insists US hasn't abandoned Kurds | Trump expands sanctions authority against Turkey | Ex-Ukraine ambassador says Trump pushed for her ouster On The Money: Trump announces limited trade deal with China | Appeals court rules against Trump over financial records | Trump expands authority to sanction Turkey MORE (D-Md.) and five other committee members requested documents before a briefing with the agencies on April 11.

The members specifically asked for all documents and communications relating to any concerns expressed by the Census Bureau about adding the question, and all analyses of the question’s potential impact on census results.

The Department of Commerce announced late last month it was granting a Department of Justice request to reinstate the question about citizenship status to the 2020 census to help enforce the Voting Rights Act.

Citizenship hasn’t been a question on the centennial data collection form since 1950.

The agency’s decision has been met with stark opposition from Democrats and civil rights groups, which argue a citizenship question will frighten people in immigrant communities away from responding to the census, resulting in an inaccurate count.

The administration is now facing multiple lawsuits challenging its decision.

Wednesday's letter was also signed by Democratic Reps. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyNew York Democratic congresswoman hospitalized Cast and crew of 'Unbelievable' join lawmakers to advocate for reducing DNA, rape kit backlog O'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats MORE (N.Y.), Lacy ClayWilliam (Lacy) Lacy ClayThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Association of Manufacturers - Trump defends Ukraine motives while attacking Biden Democrats rally behind incumbents as Lipinski takes liberal fire MORE (Mo.), Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyState Dept. official told to 'lay low' after voicing concerns about Giuliani: Dem lawmaker Democrats see John Bolton as potential star witness Top State official warned of Trump pressure campaign against Ukraine: report MORE (Va.) and Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezHouse Democrats blur lines on support for impeachment Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech MORE (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Association of Manufacturers - Trump defends Ukraine motives while attacking Biden DC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Democrat accuses GOP of opposing DC statehood because of 'race and partisanship' MORE (D-D.C.).